Dr. Russell Shilling is a Digital Promise Senior Innovation Fellow funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. In this role, he is responsible for exploring innovative approaches to EdTech development that draw upon his experiences in education, research, and as a former Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Shilling was appointed by the Obama Administration to the U.S. Department of Education as the Executive Director of STEM Initiatives where he coordinated STEM activities across the Department and the Federal Government. He is a retired Navy Captain and served for 22 years as a Navy Aerospace Experimental Psychologist focusing on training, education and psychological health. Shilling was an early pioneer in serious games and was responsible for award-winning games for STEM education, medical training, and psychological health. He also developed award-winning programs with Sesame Workshop to help military children cope with deployments, injury, and grief.